2 Corinthians 4:18: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
The Apostle Paul encourages the believers at Corinth to focus their eyes on that which is unseen. Throughout the Bible, we are told to focus our eyes and ultimately our faith on the eternal, unseen world. In our everyday lives, we are mostly concerned with those things that are visible to us. We place our trust in things that we can see, hear or touch. Our focus is on the visible things of this world rather than on the spiritual growth that is obtainable to us if we would only shift our focus towards God.
In order to focus on the unseen we have to make ourselves aware that the invisible spiritual world is always present. Do you ever take into account the role that the unseen spiritual world plays in the decisions that you make? Because the world that we live in seems to make sense to us most of the time, we end up relying on those noticeable things rather than looking towards the unseen world for spiritual direction or meaning.
Paul urged the Colossian church to live in the reality of the unseen: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”. (Colossians 3:1-4).
The words of Jesus to the disciple Thomas, who doubted the Resurrection and demanded physical proof of it, emphasizes the fact that spiritual reality overshadows physical reality. Jesus reminded Thomas that, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
Where are you in your faith journey with God? Are you able to look beyond this physical world, and with eyes of faith, believe that God is much closer to you than you think? Pray for God to shift your focus from the visible things of this world to the vast realm of God’s unseen spiritual world.